Nokia announces budget-busting Asha 202, Asha 203 and Asha 302 Series 40 phones (from MWC 2012)

Nokia announces budget-busting Asha 202, Asha 203 and Asha 302 Series 40 phones (from MWC 2012)Nokia may be fluttering its eyes shamelessly in Microsoft's direction these days, but in the 808 PureView it's shown it still has some love left in reserve for platform-burning old flame Symbian.

But wait a minute, what's this? Nokia has also used Mobile World Congress 2012 to announce a total of three Series 40 handsets too – the Asha 202, Asha 203 and Asha 302? Those Finns sure know how to get around...

OK, that was the best we could do to spice up the arrival of three fairly modestly specced handsets that we all in fact already knew were coming – then again, that's been the case with most of what has emerged at Mobile World Congress 2012 so far.

And while we've had the names for nearly two weeks now, we've known precious little about the specs. So let's get into it.

In case you need reminding, the Asha line was introduced at Nokia World last October to keep Nokia well represented in the sub-smartphone mobile space, where it's traditionally dominated in developing markets.

The range launched with four handsets initially – the 200, 201, 300 and 303 – and now there's another three to contend with, the 202, 203 and 302 (what happened to the Asha 301, we wonder?).

Anyway, the Asha 202 and Asha 203 are identical save for the fact that the former is a dual-SIM device, and the latter a single-SIM handset.

They're very much spiritual successors to Nokia's Touch and Type range, which tacked a resistive touchscreen on top of a traditional number pad to bring basic touchscreen functionality to low-cost mobile devices.

And when we say low-cost, we mean it – the Asha 202 and 203 are expected to go for about €60 plus local taxes and duties when they arrive in Q2. For that you'll be getting a 2.4in 240 x 320 touchscreen, along with support for microSD cards up to 32GB in size – important since there's no internal memory worth speaking of – and a 2-megapixel camera. You can even record video, albeit at a pitiful resolution.

The Asha 302, meanwhile, ups the number pad to a full QWERTY keyboard for adding typing prowess, and has a few other features too that you wouldn't typically expect from a handset priced at around €95 (again, sans localised add-on levies).

First up is a 1GHz processor – the same unit that seems to have been a benchmark on so many of Nokia's new devices over the past year or so. But remember, this is budget basement feature phone territory, so you can expect the Asha 302 to chug along quite impressively with its gigahertz-class silicon, especially with 14.4Mbps HSDPA support too.

The second is Microsoft Exchange support, which seems to be the latest step in Nokia's long-term strategy of bringing traditional smartphone features onto its Series 40 feature phone platform, thus blurring the lines defining what a smartphone really is.

The Asha 302 is certainly the first ever feature phone to come with Exchange email, while Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp integration is baked right in for added communication goodness.

It's the same 2.4in display as on the other new Asha devices, though in landscape rather than portrait orientation, and you get 100MB on board before you have to rely on microSD card.

The camera is a 3.15MP affair with VGA video abilities, and unlike with the Asha 202 and 203, Nokia is shipping the Asha 302 now.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:55

Conidering the success of the Nokia C5 and C3, these new models should be enough to finance some more Elop-centricities...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 16:12

Probably won't be a massive hit in developed nations but they'll sell like hot cakes in LEDCs.

equ  Feb. 28, 2012 at 03:46

S40, the third eco system


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